My 6 Makeup Bag Essentials

I have amassed a considerable amount of makeup since moving to Dubai (gold Sephora card in the post), and I owe this primarily to having a Sephora practically on my door-stop, saying that I still gravitate to pretty much the same must-have items which have become my staple beauty holy grails. 

Let's take a look at my favourites

+ Primer 
My go-to primer has been the Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer. I love the creamy texture which mattifies the t-zone and makes my skin silky smooth ready for my foundation.

+ Foundation 
My foundations of choice are the Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in the shade 170 and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - I have a nifty little trick of mixing 1x squirt Fenty and 1 x squirt Giorgio Armani which makes my ultimate breathable but a longlasting dewy foundation.

+ Highlighter 
Who doesn't love a good highlighter, currently I tend to stick to liquid glows in the form of Marc Jacobs coconut dew drops, which I tend to drop into my foundation but for the real glow, I love COVER FX - This is a blinding highlighter and so easy to apply.   Gorgeous!

+ Blusher / Bronzer 
On my cheeks I’ve been using the Hoola Quickie Cream-to-powder Contour Stick to give my face a little definition and colour; then I apply Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in the shade 'Captivating'  (my favourite blush) I find the blusher provides a gorgeous subtle warm glow.

+ Eyeshadow 

For my eyes, I tend to stick to the Zooeva Naturally Yours Eyeshadow Palette because it’s perfect for everyday use, I find it so comfortable to wear and super easy to blend! I currently love the Better Than Love Mascara (which has aptly renamed for the middle east market) the brush is perfectly thick, and I love the black intensity it gives to my lashes. My eyebrows are somewhat non-existent being naturally fair blonde, so I like the Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel and benefit Goof Proof Eye Pencil to fill in my brows which works well to define my blonde brows.

+ Lips

I love to hydrate and nourish my lips, so I love to exfoliate with the Glamglow lip scrub and then prep my lips by using the Elizabeth Arden 8-hour lip protectant. 

Finding a perfect nude lipstick for a super long lasting finish has become a neverending quest for me. I really like the melted mattes by two-faced cosmetics, as I can blend over the top on a lighter or darker base and the consistency is so smooth and fast drying that it doesn't feel like you have anything on. I recommend the shades 'child star', and 'holy chic' and always gravitate toward this and tartes 'Festival Nude' for perfect every day holy grails.


These are my current favourites. What are your makeup bag essentials? 


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